Museum of Transport Manchester interior 09 - IMG 6491

The inside of the Museum of Transport, Manchester with several of the buses exhibited in their original liveries.

The Museum of Transport, Manchester is a museum that aims to preserve and promote the public transport heritage of Greater Manchester, a metropolitan county in North West England. Owned by the Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive, the museum is located in the Cheetham Hill area of The city of Manchester. The museum became a Registered Museum in May 2003, with the GMTS having become a Registered Charity back in 1980.


The museum itself is owned by the Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive, having been established at the Boyle Street site, Cheetham Hill, in 1979. The museum was set up to actively promote interest in the history and heritage of Greater Manchester's local passenger transport system. The day-to-day running of the museum is carried out by volunteers from the Greater Manchester Transport Society.

The museum collection is constantly developing and restoration work can be often be seen by visitors giving the display a lively, working atmosphere. In the future, the collection of vehicles and other artefacts relating to the roads of Greater Manchester will continue to grow, with the Museum further developing its facilities as well as restoring items which have already been received but which still remain in derelict condition currently. With GMPTE's continuing support, it is hoped the museum will continue to be a focal point and a major attraction of its type.

The museum holds a sizeable collection of buses and transport relate artefacts, one of the largest of its kind in the UK. Due to the limited size of the building, some vehicles have to be kept off-site, with exhibits changed around every so often. In addition, vehicles often attend external events around the country during the summer months.


The museum is home to around 100 buses, of which 70 or so are kept on the site. The remaining vehicles are kept elsewhere to allow for restoration work to be carried out and so other vehicles can be exhibited.

Also in the collection are two trolleybuses from Manchester and Ashton-under-Lyne corporations, the prototype Manchester Metrolink tram, and a Manchester Corporation horse tram from 1901. There is also a host of other related exhibits, from old road signs to uniforms - and several items used by Warner Bros. during filming of Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban (Stan the conductor's equipment).

There is also an extensive archive collection, featuring old timetables, maps, books, posters, manuals and plans - visitors wishing to view the archive need to notify the museum in advance to arrange access.

Vehicle listEdit

Below are some of the vehicles in the collection.[1]

Vehicle Collection
Museum Fleet no Reg no. Operator Make Type/Model Built date Photo Misc
no reg no operator make type/model build date Image needed LHB other info
11 TTD 386H GMT Leyland Leyland Titan PD3/14 1969 Leyland Titan TTD 386H at MMofT 09 - IMG 6472 Double Decker - Last Titan Built
28 VR 5742 Manchester Corporation Leyland Leyland Tiger 1930 Leyland Tiger - VR 5742 at MMofT 09 - IMG 6481 Single deck wooden body
70 UMA 370 SH Atkinson Atkinson PD746 1955 Atkinson Double deck bus UMA 370 at MMofT 09 - IMG 6498 Unique example (only Atkinson Double built)
77 JBN 153 Bolton Leyland Leyland Titan PD2/13 1956 Leyland Titan - Metro cammell - JBN 153 at MMofT 09 - IMG 6484 Metro Cammell body
106 YM 9410 Stockport Corp Karrier Motors Tow wagon 1926 Karrier Tow wagon - KM 9410 - MMofT 09 IMG 6470 ex Shell tanker
174 DDB 174C North western Daimler Daimler Fleetline CRG6LX 1965 Daimler Fleetline DDB 174C at MMofT 09 - IMG 6505 other info
526 AXJ 857 Manchester Corporation Leyland Leyland Chassis 1934 Leyland Chassis - AXJ 857 at MMofT 09 - IMG 6483 Chassis only sectioned as teaching aid
1000 na Metrolink Officine Casertane Caserta Tram 1990 Manchester tram prototype at MMofT 09 - IMG 6490 Prototype Metro Tram
2150 JND 791 Manchester Corporation Crossley Motors DD42/8S 1949 Crossely JND 791 Double deck bus at MMofT 09 - IMG 6492 Double Decker
3520 TNA 520 Manchester Corporation Leyland Leyland Titan PD2/34 1958 Leyland Titan TNA 520 Double decker at MMofT 09 - IMG 6493 Burlington body & Semi Auto box
no reg no operator make type/model build date Image needed LHB other info
EX62 GNC 276N GMT Seddon Lucas Pennine body 1975 Seddon Pennine - GNC 276N electric bus at MMofT 09 - IMG 6474 Experimental electric bus
non BRJ 333 Salford Fire Brigade Leyland / Merryweather Turntable ladder 1926 Leyland - Merryweather Fire engine BRJ 333 - MMofT 09 - IMG 6477 Stored for 25 years
non HTF 586 Warburtons Transport Bedford Bedford OB Coach 1947 Bedford OB coach HTF 586 at MMofT 09 - IMG 6496 SMT body (Dupole design)
256 JNA 156 Manchester corporation Lacre Lacre sweeper 1936 Lacre sweeper - JNA 156 at MMofT 09 - IMG 6501 Early road sweeper
 ? LSU 282 Lancashire United Transport AEC AEC Matador 1943 AEC Matador - LSU 282 recovery - MMofT 09 - IMG 6487 Recovery
non - unknown operator Ingersoll Rand Compressor date ? Ingersoll rand compressor at MMofT 09 - IMG 6479 Used by road repair gangs
no reg no operator make type/model build date Image needed LHB other info


The museum holds a number of regular events throughout the year.

  • March: Spring Transport Festival - Market day for specialist retailers and booksellers.
  • May: Themed event.
  • September: Trans-Lancs Historic Vehicle Show - various visiting heritage vehicles held in Heaton Park with heritage bus service linking park to museum. The event is staged on the first Sunday in September.
  • October: Themed event.
  • December: The Christmas Cracker - Market day for specialist retailers and booksellers.

During most of these events a heritage bus service from Manchester Victoria (rail) Station to the museum runs every 20 minutes between 09:50 and 17:00.


The Museum of Transport is located approximately two miles north of Manchester City Centre, close to the junction of the A665 (Cheetham Hill Road) and the A6010 (Queens Road). It is at the north end of Boyle Street, adjoining the First Greater Manchester bus garage. Main bus services 88/89, 151 and 135 stop nearby.

The museum is signposted when you approach the Manchester Fort shopping centre

The Museum is open from 10am to 4.30pm on Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays (except at Christmas and New Year), plus every day during August.

Future developmentsEdit

As the museum continues to expand, it has been identified that additional space will be required. This has meant that GMPTE, GMTS and Manchester City Council are currently looking at the option of moving the museum to a larger, more modern facility in the coming years.

See alsoEdit

References / sourcesEdit

  • Based on wikipedia article.

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